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The impact of aerial reconnaissance on archaeology

G S Maxwell (editor)

CBA Research Report No 49 (1983)

ISBN 0 906780 24 1


Title page of report 49

This volume contains most of the papers delivered to a symposium held at the University of Nottingham from 12-14 December 1980, together with a number of invited contributions, which could not be included in the programme for lack of time. Organized by the Air Photography Committee of the CBA, the Nottingham symposium was intended to be a sequel to the CBA Air Photography Symposium of 1974, whose proceedings were published as Research Report No 12, under the editorship of D R Wilson. Whereas the former event was cast in a discursive mould, looking well beyond the shores of this country, the purpose of the 1980 conference was basically threefold: to put into focus, particularly for a British audience, the achievement and failures of current aerial survey and its effect on archaeology; to examine the techniques now used for plotting and interpretation; and to discuss the development of methods that might assist the recovery and analysis of data in the future. It was also hoped that some measure of agreement might be reached on the most appropriate means of publication for archaeological evidence derived from air photographs.


  • Title pages
  • Contents (p v)
  • Dedication by Graham Webster (p viii)
  • Editorial preface by G S Maxwell (p ix)
  • A survey of current air reconnaissance: the achievement, the failure by J Pickering (pp 1-4)
  • The results of air and ground survey of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall by N D Johnson (pp 5-13)
  • Aerial Photography and fieldwork in North Lincolnshire by Paul Eversham (pp 14-26)
  • Recent aerial survey in Scotland by G S Maxwell (pp 27-40)
  • Analysis of settlement features in the landscape of prehistoric Wessex by Rog Palmer (pp 41-53)
  • Towards Total Archaeology? Aerial photography in Northamptonshire by C C Taylor (pp 54-58)
  • The frequency of occurrence of cropmarks in relation to soils by Derrick Riley (pp 59-73)
  • An integrated approach to the study of ancient landscapes: the Claydon Pike project by D Miles (pp 74-84)
  • Computer plot and excavated reality
    • Part 1: Technology by J G B Haigh (pp 85-86)
    • Part 2: Method by B K Kisch (pp 86-90)
    • Part 3: Archaeology by M U Jones (pp 90-91)
  • Aerial reconnaissance from Cambridge: a retrospective view 1945-80 by Rowan Whimster (pp 92-105)
  • The use of aerial photography: value judgements in archaeological planning by Angela Simco (pp 106-108)
  • Some aspects of interpretation and mapping of archaeological evidence from aerial photography by J N Hampton (pp 109-123)
  • The publication of air photograph evidence by Rog Palmer and Derrick Riley (pp 124-127)
  • The testimony of the topsoil by A J Clark (pp 128-135)
  • The general effects of early agriculture on the soil profile by J C C Romans and L Robertson (pp 136-141)
  • The still and distant view: two conferences, aerial archaeology and 'cloud cuckoo land' by P J Fowler (pp 142-148)
  • Index (pp 149-150)

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